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Vonn leads gold rush for US athletes

Shaun White,Lindsey Vonn and Shani Davis all struck gold on Wednesday as the United States transformed a bleak Vancouver Olympics...

Written by Reuters | Vancouver | Published: February 19, 2010 12:28 am

Shaun White,Lindsey Vonn and Shani Davis all struck gold on Wednesday as the United States transformed a bleak Vancouver Olympics into their own winter wonderland with a dazzling show of gravity-defying stunts,brute strength and old-fashioned courage.

White showed why he is one of the most recognisable and highest paid athletes in winter sports as he wowed a fans at Cypress Mountain with a breathtaking display of somersaults,twists and aerial tricks. The flame-haired 23-year-old from California was so dominant that he had the gold wrapped up after his first run so used his second to unveil a special double backward flip he had never performed in competition before.

A fearless Vonn overcome a painful injury that almost ruined her Olympic dream before it began as she hurtled down a treacherous Whistler mountain course to become the first American to win the women’s downhill.

Davis powered home over the final lap at the Richmond Oval to become the first man to win the 1,000 metres speed skating title at successive Olympics as the US soared to the top of the medal standings. The three victories gave the powerful team a total of five gold medals,ahead of Germany,South Korea and Switzerland.

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